WalkBoston carries out walking-focused project planning and design reviews under state and local environmental and public participation efforts. The reviews are focused on pedestrian safety, comfort, convenience and service. Among the specific issues that our reviews address are:
- intersection design improvements
- sidewalk design
- pedestrian walking agenda
- modified and improved signal operations
- segways on sidewalks
- snow programs
Short term success is measured by project changes that reflect WalkBoston's comments - these have included tighter turning radii at corners (which slows traffic and improves safety); longer signal times for pedestrian WALK signals; wider sidewalks; and building entrances that have focused on sidewalk access rather than parking lot access.
The long term success of this effort will be improved project designs that provide better accommodation for pedestrians including safer street crossings, wider sidewalks, more amenities such as shade trees, benches, public restrooms and water fountains, and better networks of convenient pedestrian routes.